At this point in time (March 2021) I can confirm that there is one training course available in the Yukon. It take place immediately before the MYAU and is organised by Shelley Gellatly, Jessie Gladish and friends. Stewart and Jo Stirling will hopefully soon be able to give us on update on their plans for next winter.
In general, these local courses offer you the opportunity to do a course and the race on one trip. Other advantages of participating in a course in the Yukon are:
- you give yourself some time for acclimatisation
- for the outdoor parts of the course you are on the same or same type of trails you will be on during the MYAU
- the courses are organised by people with substantial race and Yukon specific winter survival skills
If time and budget allow for it you can of course also do a course one winter and then come back to do the MYAU the next winter.
Both courses aim at teaching you the skills to become confident and proficient at working in cold temperatures allowing you to maximise your potential in the MYAU or similar events and expeditions.